On June 14, 2005 I weighed in at a hefty 567.4 pounds. I couldn't walk up the two flights of stairs to my apartment without being out of breath. Lifting a regular PC was a challenge. My back constantly hurt, and I had no energy. Then I got sick of it.
Did I get your attention? Good, I'm hoping my story shows that no matter where you are, with determination you can get your life back.
I won't make excuses for my weight. I was lazy, and I ate horribly. That's why I weighed that much. Nobody, including my doctor, could tell by looking at me that I weighed that much. He was 100 pounds off on his estimate. But at that point I knew I had two choices, I was 28 years old and continuing on that path was a good way to sign my own death warrant. I could either have surgery, or I could start a drastic diet. I *HATE* needles, being cut up, and anything related.
So I found a clinic who offered a drastic plan. 800 calories of liquid a day for 12 weeks, with a gradual transition back to food. My sister did it, along with some friends and they all lost a substantial amount of weight and kept it off. And I did it. I didn't eat any "food" for a month, after a month I'd start having veggies on occasion. I excercised religiously, drank a ton of water a day, etc.
In November of 2005 I was down to 407-ish. I was back on food, and relaxed a little over the winter, dropping another 5 lbs between December and March, but not caring too much. I kept active, enjoyed things I never thought I would, and just basically enjoyed my new lease on life.
Then in March of 2006 I was involved in a horrible car accident. My back was messed up, along with most of my body so I got out of the excercise routine. I put 30lbs back on between March and June. Frustrated with my back pain, on a whim I jumped on an old Raleigh MTB in my parents garage. It's probably the second-smartest thing I ever did.
Since June I've put about 1,000 bike miles on the Raleigh, and a Specialized Hardrock I treated myself to in August. I dropped about 5 lbs and gained legs that look like tree trunks. Then I got engaged.
So my challenge now is to drop down to 225-250 by August of 2008. I'm getting married then, and I want to look damn good. I also want to finally be "in shape" so I can enjoy my life with my soon-to-be-wife and soon-to-be-stepchildren.
To jump start it, a friend has lost about 20lbs since July by buying a bunch of Bianchis and riding like hell. So at the start of September I challenged him. I told him that I could lose 50 lbs before he lost another 20. Loser buys the winner dinner that won't exceed $25. To add her support, my fiancee made a side bet with him for $20 that I would win.
So I started again watching carefull what I ate and excercising. In the past 21 days I've lost 29.3 lbs, and haven't felt better. I *will* lose 50 by 1/1/2007, but my goal is to lose 75.
What I love is that even though I'm a big guy, I still will pass skinny roadies . Nothing finer than the look on the face of a guy riding a Madone as a big guy on a Specialized MTB passes him going 28-29mph on a straightaway .
That's me. I'm very glad I found bikeforums, and glad this forum started.